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Memorial Day is a day to reflect on the service, sacrifice and honor of the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. So while you enjoy the rest of your three day weekend with friends, family, BBQ and big department store sales, please take a moment to honor our fallen heroes lest we forget the true meaning of Memorial Day.

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Over the years the meaning of Memorial Day has faded too much from the public consciousness. From a solemn day of mourning, remembrance, and honor to our departed loved ones, it has degenerated into a weekend of Bar B Q's, shopping bargains and beaches where only token nods toward our honored dead is given, if at all. Too many don't know what the day stands for.

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Things To Do For Memorial Day

There is a good article about Memorial Day posted at Forbes that we highly recommend reading.

Beyond that one moment at 3pm, how can we honor the true significance of Memorial Day? The Memorial Day Foundation, an organization formed to increase awareness and respect for Memorial Day, recommends a few gestures of respect:

  • Wear a Memorial Day Button from the first of May until Memorial Day.

  • Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.

  • Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon. Memorial Day is a day of "National Mourning."

  • Attend religious services of your choice.

  • Visit memorials.

  • Renew a pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.

It’s also important that we impart the true meaning of this holiday to our children, so that they grow up understanding that Memorial Day is not about our own pleasure but about honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

Joining the best folding team on the planet (Team #33) is now easier than ever. We don't give you money to join and we can't promise you cash or other incentives, we do this simply because it is our passion and that is why we've had the best folding community around...for years. So, if you want to make a difference with a group of people that honestly care about what they are doing, join team Team #33 today.

Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Intel Headquarters Building Topped with Wind Turbines

Visible from Mission College Blvd. in the heart of Silicon Valley, Intel has installed one of the world's largest operating rooftop arrays of wind micro-turbines on the roof of Intel's worldwide headquarters in Santa Clara, California. Intel's micro-turbines are a proof-of-concept project, in which Intel hopes to collect data that will help the company better understand green power and identify ways to continue evolving its sustainability programs. This is just the latest milestone in Intel's longstanding commitment to innovation and environmental sustainability.

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Sunday May 24, 2015

The Void Will Use Reality to Transport You to a Virtual World

We brought you this story of a virtual reality park called The Void that uses real life props to add to the VR experience earlier in the month. The skeptical responses we received mirrored those in the article, so we bring you the in-depth follow-up article to clarify the real-deal facts and data of what will be a true virtual reality park that looks to be shaping up as a real world-class act.

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Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle

If you are ready for the Master Chief White Box edition, the special edition is available for pre-order now in the US from the usual retailers.The bundle will retail for $349 and includes four Halo games, wireless controller and the white Xbox One console

Later this month, this Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle will be available in limited quantities for a. limited time at participating U.S. retailers while supplies last so once they’re gone, they’re all gone!

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RadioShack, U.S. States Reach Agreement on Sale of Customer Data

RadioShack is back in the news this week, reaching an agreement with 38 states over the sale of RadioShack’s customer database information. The states’ agreement averted the sale of prior customers’ most relevant personal data.

RadioShack's databases contained about 117 million customer records, including those of consumer and commercial customers.

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First Software Update for Apple Watch Includes Security Fixes

For those of you who are Apple Watch early adopters, you are bound to have notice some small and some not so small problems with your new watch. Apple has been quick to address these problems and security flaws and has released Watch OS 1.01 earlier this week to improve performance and patch vulnerabilities.

Watch OS 1.0.1, released Tuesday, brings several performance improvements and support for additional languages, but it also fixes 13 vulnerabilities that could enable arbitrary code execution, information disclosure, denial of service, traffic hijacking, privilege escalation and other attacks.

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Firefox for iOS Begins Its Beta Testing Program

Like to live on the edge and take chances? Sounds like you are ready to be a beta tester for Firefox on your iOS device.big grin Firefox is presently recruiting for its Beta testing program for testers with devices using iOS 8 and above.

A recent survey sent to potential testers is asking for details about which devices they own, and instructs them that the beta will require a version of iOS 8 or higher in order to work.

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What's New on Netflix and Amazon for June 2015

We are heading into the summer TV season and June is going to be a busy time for both Netflix and Amazon Prime. Both streaming services use a rotating schedule of content additions and removal for each month. A complete listing is included in the article. Check it out. cool

The big news for June is the return of "Orange Is The New Black" on Netflix with its third season. All 14 episodes hit on the same day, June 12. Binge watchers will also enjoy getting "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." which arrives June 11.

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This Week Marks the 25th Anniversary of Windows 3.0

We would be remiss in our duties if we didn’t mention the 25th anniversary release of Microsoft’s revolutionary Windows 3.0 on May 22nd, 1990. Windows 3.0 interface brought Microsoft up to an even par with the Mackintosh system and came preinstalled on new personal computers. Happy Anniversary 3.0! cool

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Windows 10 Build 10122 Upgrade Failure Work Around

Have you tried several times to install Windows 10 Build 10122 on your device, go all the way through the motions and just when you think you are home free, you get this somewhere around the 18% mark: Couldn’t update to Windows 10? Gabe Aul has just the fix for you.

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Prototype Hoverboard Breaks Guinness World Record

Marty McFly would certainly approve of this version of the hoverboard, Griff wouldn’t stand a chance. big grin A new Guinness World Record for longest distance covered on a hoverboard was made last August and this video was recently added to Guinness World Records YouTube channel. The flight and invention both belong to Canadian Catalin Alexandru Duru, but any other information is scarce on future plans for his invention.

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Need for Speed 2015 Reboot Trailer Revealed

To coin a phrase from Top Gun: I feel the need, the need for speed. Your wish for speed will be fulfilled in the new reboot of Need for Speed 2015. Ghost Games and EA provided a teaser trailer as a promotion prior to E3 2015 and the release of the first full gameplay trailer. The Need for Speed is expected to be released this fall.

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Oculus and Founder Sued by Total Recall Technologies

Palmer Luckey and Oculus are being sued by Total Recall Technologies, a head-mounted display startup group, for violation of a non-disclosure agreement back in 2011 when Luckey was building a prototype for TRT.

"Throughout the latter half of 2011 and into 2012, Seidl provided confidential feedback and information to Luckey in order to improve the design of the head-mounted display," TRT asserts.

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Microsoft Making Outlook.Com Prettier and More Useful

If you use and like Microsoft Outlook, but feel it could use a bit of sprucing up and modernization? Microsoft has heard your feedback and has updated and upgraded Outlook.com to be more functional and pleasing to the eye. cool

We are pleased to announce an update to Outlook.com that lets you make the most of the moments that matter to you -- featuring a refined inbox, new ways to collaborate, an upgraded calendar and much more.

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Analysts Claim AMD Will Be Bankrupt by 2020

A report from Kerrisdale Capital Investment sees doom and gloom in the future of AMD. In fact, the report specifically points to the year 2020 that AMD finally succumbs to the failure to successfully diversify into other growth markets.

It notes that the ongoing corporate refresh cycle has boosted many companies' revenues but not really AMD's, as it is too dependent on the volatile consumer PC segment.

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Grand Theft Auto Maker Sues BBC Over Film

We posted a while back about the Grand Theft Auto movie starring Bill Paxton and Daniel Radcliffe. The original news item has drawn the attention of Rockstar Games and the gaming company wasn’t too thrilled about the movie. Rockstar has made the decision to sue the BBC for trademark infringement.

A Rockstar spokesperson said: "Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games.

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Saturday May 23, 2015

US Senate Blocks NSA Surveillance Reform Bill

Unless the US Senate can get its act together on the 31st and work at the speed of light, (something the Senate is not well known for), the NSA Surveillance Reform Bill will be dead in the water.

The House of Representatives voted 338-88 last week to approve the USA Freedom Act. The legislation would leave telephone records in the hands of carriers, while allowing the NSA to continue to collect telephone and business records in a more targeted manner.

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Kitchen Table Uses No Electricity to Regulate Room Temperature

No, it’s not the infamous 10K desk, but it is a functional heating and cooling apparatus in the form of a desk. It’s called a Zero Energy Furniture table and its capable of reducing heating requirements by 60% and cooling by 30% without the use of electricity. I guess that makes this table a hot item while still being cool. big grin Thanks to Forum member Germanium for the linkage.

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Want JRPGs on Xbox One? Just Keep on Asking

If you are a fan of Japanese Role Playing Games (JRPG’s) and would like to see them make a transition to Xbox One, all you have to do is keep on asking. According to a statement by Microsoft Xbox One boss Phil Spencer, it seems like a good bet that JRPG’s will eventually make a debut on Xbox One.

"It's a good and fair question. Keep asking until we show you something you like," Spencer replied. "I can't share specific plans now, sorry."

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Details of Free Windows 10 Update Become a Little Clearer

Confused about what Microsoft is going about the distribution of the ‘free’ editions of Windows 10? You are not alone in the confusion. Check out this article to add a little clarity to the upcoming distribution of Microsoft’s new operating system. cool

Windows XP and Windows Vista users will have to buy a full copy of Windows 10. System builders likewise; build a new machine and you'll need to buy a license. Windows 10 isn't free; only some upgrades to Windows 10 are free.

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A Third of a Billion People Will Use Streaming Video by 2019

If you think the Internet is crowded now, just wait until 2019. A new Juniper Research report predicts that video streaming, one of the highest user of bandwidth on the Internet, is set to explode over 350% within the next four years.

The report expects a massive 332.2 million global streaming video subscribers by 2019, up from 92.1 million in 2014.

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The New Wave: 20 Indie Games to Watch

Indie games; the last great bastion of individual entrepreneurship in the gaming business is still alive and well and working in garages, attics and in their mother’s basements all around the globe. big grin The guys over at Ars recognize the work of the Indie game publishers and are highlighting their efforts with 20 Indie games to watch.

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TWC May Have Found a Buyer in French Telecom Altice

Time Warner Cable has been generating a lot of interest lately, ever since the merger with Comcast fell apart. The latest in a long line of potential buyers is French Telecom giant, Altice. The company is presently in serious talks with Time Warner and is seeking financing to make a serious bid for the cable company.

The French group has "held talks" with the service provider about a potential buyout, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters confirm.

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200-Trillion Watt Laser Produces Plasma Hotter Than the Sun

That’s all well and good, but can it reheat your coffee? big grin Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory have built the Trident Laser, a 200-Trillion Watt Laser that attains temperatures hotter than the core of our Sun. These guys have way too much time on their hands. big grin

During this time some electrons from the foil are accelerated to virtually the speed of light, and some ions are accelerated to energies of tens of millions of volts.

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Screenshots from Scrapped Version of Doom 4

After almost a 10 year wait, it looks like Doom 4 is ready to be rolled out to the gaming public on June 14th. In that 10 year period, Id Software has shelved many versions of its next incarnation of Doom and we can now show you screenshots of one of the cancelled versions you will never get to play.

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KFC Launches a Meal Tray That Is Also a Bluetooth Keyboard

Kentucky Fried Chicken is really good, but it is also very greasy, one of the good/bad things about fried chicken. Customers of German KFC’s no longer have to worry about getting their greasy fingers all over their smartphones or portable devices. KFC provides a tray insert that is actually a Bluetooth keyboard, keeping your expensive smartphone grease-free and as an added bonus, the Bluetooth keyboard gets to go home with you. cool

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The US Is Testing a Storm Surge Warning System for Hurricanes

For all of you that live on the East and Gulf coasts, the National Weather Service is about to test a new system that will warn coast dwellers of an impending hurricane storm surge. If all tests are successful, the new warning system will be in place for the 2017 hurricane season.

The prototype watch and warning map will be available on the National Hurricane Center’s website, where it will be accessible to the public, media, and local weather forecasters.

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China to Spend $182 Billion to Boost Internet by End of 2017

You have to hand it to the Chinese, the government of China will be investing $182 Billion dollars over the next three years to build new Internet infrastructure; a bold move even by the Chinese philosophy of build it bigger and better standard.

The State Council said the government will invest more than 430 billion yuan ($69.3 billion) this year on network construction, with at least another 700 billion yuan ($112.8 billion) spent over the following two years.

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